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Romeo and Juliet - Shakespeare's famous teenage couple - are more than star-crossed lovers. They're lending their names to Romeo and Juliet laws - legislation enacted by states that attempts to legally define the difference between child molestation and sex between consenting teenagers.What Romen and Juliet laws mean for teens.
Many points come up in the abortion debate. Here's a look at 10 abortion arguments from both sides - 10 arguments for abortion and 10 arguments against abortion - for a total of 20 statements covering a range of issues including teen pregnancy, rape and incest, post-abortion stress, health concerns and complications, and whether abortion is moral.
What is a cougar, and how old are cougar women? What is the age difference between a cougar and the men she pursues? Definition of a cougar woman, plus several real-life examples of Hollywood cougar couples.
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Years after she was raped while serving in the military, a wife and mother recalls the traumatic assault, the trust she placed in the officer who betrayed and raped her, the lack of support from the priest who counseled her and her superiors, and the family that refused to back her when she sought to press charges.
When deciding what's the right age to have sex, many young women and teen girls are influenced by their peers. But if they turn to the media for the answer to the question
Increased safety and security are just a couple of swipes away with these iPhone and smart phone apps that enable you to reach out to resources if you find you're being threatened or may become the victim of rape or sexual assault.
A look at why women choose abortion and the most commonly given reasons why women have an abortion.
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What are the different types of abortion and how far along can you be to have an abortion?
Although it's a number many women dread, turning 50 isn't the end of the world. A look at the good, the bad and the ugly of turning fifty for women including increased self-acceptance, menopause, an empty nest, and that inevitable underarm sag that resembles fish bellies.
If you're wondering whether or not your relationship will last, clues to how your partner really feels are revealed when you look at the meaning behind the gifts he's given you.
What is an order of protection? Definition of the legal term, and an explanation of how to get an order of protection.
What's the meaning behind Sarah Palin's children's names? Why do they have such unusual names?
Current statistics and facts on teenage pregnancy in the United States.
Monica Lewinsky is notorious. The former White House intern is (in)famous for her affair with former president Bill Clinton. After a decade long hiatus from the national spotlight, Lewinsky is reemerging and she has a lot to say.
A look at the reasons why teens choose abortion, and the role that parental involvement and access to abortion services play in the decision-making.
Female friendships often suffer due to moving, marriage or motherhood, prompting many women to seek out new friends. But meeting new people isn't as easy as it once was, and many women are going online to make new friends.
While the teen pregnancy rate has been declining overall over the past two decades, rates of teen pregnancy and birth can vary wildly from state to state.
Drawing from a cross section of political, economic, and social concerns, these top 10 facts about women illustrate why women's issues should be of concern to every woman
June 26, 2015 is a day that will go down in history. The United States Supreme Court has ruled that gay marriage is legal in 50 states.
Rape survivor Renee DeVesty shares her story after nearly 30 years of silence and explains why women who recover are rape survivors, not rape victims.
Although the term wet nurse is rarely heard today, for centuries it was a position commonly held by poor women who would breastfeed the babies of the aristocracy. How did wet nursing come about and what led to the demise of the profession?
When a woman overhears the comment that she's a 'butterface,' is that a compliment or an insult? What is the definition of butterface? Where does the meaning of butterface come from?
What are the qualities of women leaders? Is there a gender difference between male and female leadership? Are there leadership qualities unique to women?
Abortion facts including annual abortion statistics in the U.S. Essential facts for pro-choice and pro-life advocates.
Sending your child off to college is never an easy process. Here are 10 tips on what to expect, how to make saying goodbye easier, and ways to support your child's growing independence.
Twelve girls. One small town. Four grades of high school. Five hundred hours of footage. Eight emotional
What is a millennial? Definition of the term and how millennials are changing the workplace.
The first in a two-part series on the pros and cons of abstinence, these 10 arguments for abstinence include why abstinence is the only 100% effective method of pregnancy prevention and why delaying sex may be the best choice for teens emotionally and academically.
It's devastating to lose a mother at any age. For adult daughters, the grief is accompanied by a feeling of being alone, being unmoored, even for women who weren't close to their mothers. A therapist and author of a memoir on her own mother/daughter relationship reflects on the impact of a mother's death on an adult daughter, and the mix of thoughts and feelings that are engendered.
A list of websites that provide an online directory of abortion clinics that offer abortion services or referrals to abortion providers including links and phone numbers.
Embattled outgoing Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan has signed a law banning the violent practice of female genital mutilation.
Who was Rosie the Riveter? A description of Rosie the Riveter, a World War II image created for a propaganda campaign to encourage women to work, and how she emerged as an icon of working women.
When a woman turns 50 in the Netherlands, she becomes a Sarah -- old enough to have seen the biblical figure of the same name. The Sarah 50th birthday celebrates older women and has many unique traditions associated with this special birthday.
Does the government fund abortions? Do taxpayer dollars pay for abortion? Although the short answer is no, the long answer covers exactly how taxpayer dollars are restricted from paying for abortions and the legislation that blocks government funding of abortion.
A link exists between domestic violence and low self-esteem, compounding the difficulty experienced by victims trying to break free from partner abuse.
A look at the history of women on the Supreme Court, including the first female justice Sandra Day O'Connor and the second female justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Freshman year of college is one of transition, change, and growing independence, especially for female students. These 10 tips -- advice from a graduating college senior -- are geared to girls entering college for the first time and will help you to know what to expect and how to handle the challenges ahead.
The Equal Rights Amendment or ERA, proposed and passed by Congress but never ratified by the required number of states, guarantees the equality of rights of both women and men under the Constitution.
A biography and profile of Michelle Obama, wife of presidential candidate and Illinois Senator Barack Obama.
How common is child sexual abuse? Is the typical perpetrator more likely to be the stranger in the park looking for his lost dog, or a trusted friend or family member? Facts and statistics on the prevalence of child sexual abuse and who's at greatest risk of becoming a victim.
A victim of cyberstalking, one woman tells the story of how she eventually became an expert and advocate for others.
Is there value in female friendships? As women we are more social, more community focused, collaborative, and less competitive than men - and the need for girlfriends is part of our DNA.
Ten facts about teen dating violence and statistics on dating abuse in adolescent relationships.
What is the role of African American women in the black church? In a typical black church the majority of the congregation is female and the pastor in the pulpit is male. Black women have long been recognized as the backbone of the church, yet they are rarely spiritual leaders. What do black women think of this situation?
With a spread in Vanity Fair and an upcoming docu-series of E!, the former Olympiad Caitlyn Jenner has come out as transgender, becoming a part of a cadre of famous transgender women and men redefining gender.
How much does an abortion cost? The answer depends on what type of abortion you choose -- an in-clinic procedure or a medication abortion involving the abortion pill.
Rape and physical abuse of prostitutes are all too common in the sex trade. Prostitution statistics reveal that most have endured childhood sexual abuse and face a similar situation in adulthood. Yet the legal system turned a blind eye to prostitutes who've been raped, until the case of Aileen Wuornos made headlines.
What is Title VII? An explanation the types of employment discrimination prohibited by Title VII, including gender. Special focus is given to the concerns of working women.
Learn the 12 tips to protect yourself from cyberstalking.
The second in a two-part series on the pros and cons of abstinence, these 10 arguments against abstinence include reasons why this may not be the most realistic approach for all teens and how teens are still at risk of getting STDs even if they refrain from vaginal intercourse but still engage in other forms of sexual contact.
Plus-size blogger Jes Baker is pushing for more body diversity in depictions of fat bodies in advertising. First stop, Lane Bryant.
The fastest growing population in the juvenile justice system, girls are underserved and their specific needs unmet in a system designed for boys. The issues that often drive girls toward delinquency -- such as sexual and physical abuse and neglect -- are made much worse.
The 19th amendment, also known as the Susan B. Anthony Amendment, guaranteed women the right to vote and was signed into law on August 26, 1920.
What is an ectopic pregnancy? Here's a brief answer with resources for more in-depth information.
Who are the women who keep their names, and why do they make this choice? The personal and political implications that shape the decision.
You're thinking about having an abortion and you've got questions about abortion and the abortion process. Having an abortion requires a great deal of advance planning, and this list of six items to consider can help with the decision-making and the process of choosing a legitimate health care provider who offers abortion services.
Advances in technology have allowed stalking to go online, with perpetrators accessing personal information. Read about examples of cyberstalking and individual stories.
Facts and statistics on cyberstalking and women
Why has the cougar image come to represent every woman over 40 who dates a younger man? Is it a stereotype or an accurate description of a new lifestyle trend? Here are several perspectives on the cougar phenomenon.
Most frequently cited by opponents as the country's leading abortion provider, Planned Parenthood does so much more for women's health care. Only 3% of the services provided by Planned Parenthood are abortion services, so what are the other 97%? Here's a detailed account of what Planned Parenthood does.
Is Sadie Hawkins Day a real day, and is it the same day as Leap Day, February 29? How did it start, and why do women ask men out or propose marriage on Sadie Hawkins Day?
When it comes to women's health, these ten health issues are the leading causes of death. It's important to know what they are because many are preventable.
Jane Noe was a college student studying overseas when she was raped by a fellow student. Alone and afraid no one would believe her, she remained silent...until she found out she was pregnant. A pro-choice advocate, Noe explains why her decision to continue on with her pregnancy and keep the baby was the right one for her even as she supports every woman's right to choose.
Many women approach the empty nest phase of their lives with fear and trepidation, and they shouldn't. Of course there's sadness and regret during the initial weeks of getting adjusted to an empty nest, but that's just part of the cycle of life. An empty nest can also mean personal renewal and new opportunities for growth. These 11 tips on thriving during the empty nest years will help you embrace what can be a very exciting time.
What does affirmative action mean for women?
Race matters when it comes to weight, as studies show black women can weigh more than white women, have higher BMI and waist circumference measurements, and still be healthier.
Why do we label older women who date younger men 'cougar women'? A look at the stereotypes and misinformation about cougar women from a woman who just happens to date younger men and resists the label.
Definition of cyberstalking and examples of the forms it can take.
Although rape victim Renee DeVesty healed physically from her rape, it took years to overcome the emotional trauma and move from victim to rape survivor on the road to recovery from rape.
What is CEDAW, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women? A description of the United Nations' international human rights treaty also known as the Treaty for the Rights of Women.
How different is feminism in India from feminism in the West? Author and Indian feminist Sarojini Sahoo explains how Eastern feminism has an additional hurdle to overcome - tigher restrictions on female sexuality - and why women are the victims of cultural practices such as bride burning and dowry killings.
A recent case of toxic shock syndrome, a bacterial infection that can be caused by the use of materials such as tampons, has reignited the debate over tampon use for women’s periods.
What is pelvic inflammatory disease? How does it relate to sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs) and can it affect a woman's ability to become pregnant?
What is Planned Parenthood -- a health care provider? an organization that provides sex education? a family planning clinic? an advocacy group? Planned Parenthood is each of these things and more. A comprehensive look at the non-profit organization, its mission and outreach, its educational programs for children, teens and young adults, and its training programs for professionals who work with youths.
If CEDAW - the Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women - is an international bill of rights for women, why won't the U.S. ratify CEDAW? A look at the reasons why, the presidents who supported it, and the groups that oppose it.
A list of the top ten states in the US that have the highest abortion rates among teenagers age 15-19.
During a recent commencement address at Wellesley College, award-winning Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie challenged the graduating class of 2015 to transform their ideas about gender as they went forward to change the world.
Washington-state resident Rachel Dolezal has made her living and life for the past several years as a Black woman scholar, artist, and activist. The problem is Rachel Dolezal has not always been a Black woman.
Every time a sex scandal rocks the headlines, a powerful man is involved. What is the connection between men, sex and power, and why do powerful men behave so badly towards women? How does politics play into sex and power?
An adult daughter comes to terms with the terminal diagnosis and impending death of a parent, and recalls the special father daughter relationship they shared.
It goes by many names, like “le petit mort” and the big O, or simply as an orgasm. What’s your women’s orgasm IQ?
The occupations that employ the most women continue to fall under the 'traditional' careers for women. These jobs also employ the largest percentage of women, and the top ten occupations for women account for 28% of the female labor force.
When a woman faces an unintended pregnancy and a baby she can't raise, when she terminates her pregnancy,
What are the best jobs for women available? A look at the careers that employ the most women, the occupations that have the largest percentage of women, the top paying jobs for women, jobs where women earn more than men, and more. Plus factors that can have a positive or negative influence on her job and career.
An explanation of the terms female circumcision and female genital mutilation including a look at where it's practiced, statistics on how many women are affected, why this cruel act of violence against girls and women continues, and the organizations fighting to end the practice.
The number of child brides and child marriages worldwide is 51 million and is expected to double in the next ten years. And the social and economic impact of child marriages is widespread and overwhelmingly negative.
Even when we think we're being careful, we reveal a surprising amount of personal information when we use social networking sites and social media. These 10 tips for women and girls can help protect your privacy and reduce the risk of stalking and identity theft.
At Gloucester High school, an alleged teenage pregnancy pact has resulted in 17 pregnancies at the school this past year. Why do teens choose to become pregnant, and what are the other issues that complicate the situation?
Who is more likely to vote, women or men? Are there gender differences in voter turnout between women and men?
A description of the international campaign highlighting 16 days of activism against gender-based violence against women.
Drawing from the most current data available from the Guttmacher Institute's February 2012 report on teenage pregnancy, teenage abortion and teenage birth rates, here's a compilation of statistics and facts on teen pregnancy in the U.S. and comprehensive national trends from the most recent year available, 2008.
Men are more likely to view women as sex objects after seeing sexy images such as photos of women in bikinis, according to a study by psychologist Susan Fiske.
Monica Lewinsky, the former White House intern notorious for her affair with President Bill Clinton, is attempting to reinvent herself again.
Rape myths -- beliefs about sexual violence and rape victims -- are almost always wrong yet persist in our culture and are commonly accepted beliefs. A definition of what rape myths are, examples of common rape myths, and the story of a CBS reporter whose rape in Egypt in February 2011 illustrates the negative impact of rape myths.
Actress and activist Angelina Jolie speaks out against sexual violence in her role as special envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
How the Hyde Amendment's restrictions on Medicaid abortion coverage hurts those who need abortion services the most - poor women who cannot afford to pay for abortion themselves.
Girls, teens and women confront body image issues every day. With the U.S. premiere of five separate documentaries, BBC America explores Hollywood-style extreme weight loss, teenage obesity, breast enlargement, breast reduction, and gender identification through the eyes of a teen dealing with transsexuality.
An ABC News 20/20 investigation in January 2011 revealed a disturbing history of rape and sexual assault among women serving as volunteers in the Peace Corps. This most recent news is just one in a series of articles and stories about the dangers faced by women in the Peace Corps, a US government agency more concerned with its image than with keeping women volunteers safe.
Tips from a recovering binge eater - 10 ways to help a binge eater including specific ways in which you can offer support to help them from binging.
Is prostitution a victimless crime? The answers given by men and women expose a gender gap in opinion. Prostitution does not empower women but exposes them to greater violence and abuse. Opinions and facts provided by women who have studied the sex trade industry, along with quotes from a former prostitute.
A Kent State psychologist reveals why narcissistic men harbor hostility toward heterosexual women, and why dating narcissistic men may be a very bad idea.
If you want to give a distinctive gift with special meaning, why not shop for gifts that give back to the women who produced them? These gifts 'give twice' by benefiting both seller and recipient. Often handmade by artisans who work within a women's collective, these socially responsible gifts provide financial support and economic independence to women, their families and communities. Browse this list of over a dozen resources for online gifts -- all benefit women, and many qualify as fair trade gifts.
Look at teenage birth rates by state and you'll see a wide disparity between the states with the highest rate and the one with the lowest. What state has the highest teen birth rate? Which one has the lowest? And is the recent nationwide decline in teenage births reflected in every state?
What is slut shaming? What does slut shaming involve and who is targeted? Why does slut shaming happen?
Shirley Chisholm made history in 1972 as the first black woman to run for president, 35 years before Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama battled it out for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.
When Michele Bachmann officially launched her 2012 presidential campaign, she did so from the town she was born in -- Waterloo, Iowa -- where she was known as Michele Marie Amble. What was Michele Bachmann's childhood like growing up in Waterloo and Cedar Falls? What were the most significant events of her early years, and how did they shape her life?
Want to land one of the top paying jobs for women? This list of the top ten -- according to Forbes magazine -- will give you an idea of where the money is.
Mothers who experience the death of a child find different ways to survive the pain and grief. For one California woman surviving the loss of a child, writing in an online journal about her son's life and death helps her and other parents to endure and perhaps heal.
An explanation of the Bejing Declaration and Platform for Action, approved by participants at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China in September 1995.
The decision whether or not to require high schools to provide sex education, HIV education, or abstinence education to their students is made at the state level and has a significant impact on teen pregnancy and teen birth rates, not to mention contraceptive use. Based on the findings of the Guttmacher Institute, this article examines which states have specific requirements in place and where abstinence only education is all that's offered to students.
How to find an abortion clinic that offer abortion services and avoid those anti-abortion websites that appear to be pro-choice but are designed to scare women away from abortion.
A look at teen pregnancy in the U.S., including facts and statistics and media coverage of teen pregnancies making headlines.
While we want to elect a President we can have a beer with, we still expect the First Lady to fit into a traditional role that is sadly out of touch with the times. Why does this double standard continue to exist, and what are the expectations that candidates' wives and potential First Ladies are burdened with?
Rapes on campus are rarely reported by female college students who are afraid of the judgment and shame of friends and family, and who often blame themselves for what happened.
When women politicians experienced sexism and sexist attacks on the campaign trail, they believed that 'put up and shut up' was in their best interests. Now we know better, and one female candidate learned the hard way that sexist attacks hurt women in politics and silence isn't golden -- it's the biggest political mistake a woman can make.
A profile of Sarah Palin, the first woman to be nominated Vice President by the Republican Party. Sarah Palin was chosen by John McCain to be his running mate for the 2008 election.
Professional women who take up golf later in life may be unsure about playing with business associates, not knowing if they're good enough. Here are a few tips to consider before you accept an invitation to a round of golf. Even if you're never going to play to impress, the game has lifelong benefits. Page 4.
An expert in child support enforcement describes the ins and outs of the enforcement of child support and tips for parents pursuing child support payments.
If you caught your husband cheating, would you forgive your unfaithful spouse? A Gallup poll reveals that most Americans would not forgive and forget.
A July 2008 study of tween dating relationships and sexuality finds that tweens are more sexually active than parents realize.
Hunger in America is measured by food insecurity, and the group at greatest risk are the families of single mothers. How many women and children go hungry in the US, and how do they compare to other demographic groups? Facts and statistics on how hunger affects women and children in America.
On the one-year anniversary of her son's death, a mother looks back on her journey of grief, loss, and healing. Linda Siniard tells how she learned of Owen's death - just shy of his 21st birthday - how she endured the months that followed, and her memories of a son whose time with her was far too short.
A mother of three sons considers the advantages of single sex education for boys and finds that like girls, boys benefit from a classroom setting that focuses exclusively on their needs and helps dispel gender stereotypes.
10 facts including statistics on direct sales and women, and why women are critical to direct selling such as home party sales and door-to-door, face-to-face selling.
It's commonly accepted that women should pitch their voice lower to convey authority and be more successful, but is this true? Does voice pitch influence perceptions of authority? Are women's voices more irritating than men, and is there a gender bias? Do we respond differently to female voices? A professional voiceover actor looks at bias and gender discrimination in the voiceover industry and what it takes to get to the top.
It's common knowledge that women earn less than men, but what are the facts and statistics? Numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reveal how wide or narrow the gender wage gap is based on age, race, education, and marital status
Becoming a mother is one of the major events in a woman's life. Online communities for moms and social networking sites for moms give you the opportunity to connect with other women going through the same thing you are - raising a child. And websites for new mothers offer support, advice, and answers to the many questions of motherhood.
Profile of Maria Pinto, a favorite designer of Michelle Obama during her husband's 2008 presidential campaign.
A lot of women don't like the sound of their own voice and want to improve speaking skills and lower pitch. Lora Cain, a nationally known voiceover talent, offers 10 voice tips for women to be heard more that include strategies to sound better and to improve speaking skills, and speaking tips on how to get your point across and make people listen to you.
Known to her fans as Flylady, this internet phenomenon helps women organize and declutter. Meet Flylady Marla Cilley, the woman behind the buzz.
The Healthy Families Act is a bill introduced by Rep. Rosa DeLauro which provides up to seven days of paid sick leave to employees in businesses employing 15 or more people.
What is child sexual abuse? Does the abuse always include physical contact, or can abuse occur without touching? Is it child sexual abuse if the perpetrator is another child? A short article on the definition of child sexual abuse.
A description of the 1976 Hyde Amendment restricting federal funding for abortions, and its impact on abortion today.
Josh Duggar, part of the reality-tv juggernaut Duggar family, has admitted to molesting several women, including some of his sisters. However, the combination of his family’s cover up of his misdeeds in addition to their own dubious politics, reveal the worst of rape culture.
For years Rush Limbaugh has targeted women on his radio show, attacking Hillary Clinton and other female politicians, promoting the term 'feminazi' and making derogatory statements about women he has issues with. Labeled by critics as a misogynist, he crossed the line in calling Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke a slut and prostitute and may have permanently damaged his career.
Facts and statistics about cyberstalking and women. A look at cybercrimes against women and advice for women on how to deal with cyberstalkers.
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These career fields and occupations employ the largest percentage of women. See what the top 15 occupations are along with links to information on what type of education is required and what kinds of jobs are available.
When women cry at work, is it a career killer? Is crying a sign of weakness? We all believe we won't be taken seriously if we're seen crying in the workplace. But is this true, and is there ever a situation in which crying can be beneficial?
The history of women running for president spans more than 140 years and reveals how the idea of a female candidate evolved from novelty to reality. These women mounted significant campaigns that changed the face of politics. Included are six women whose collective candidacies moved us closer to the Oval Office.
Emma Watson, perhaps most famous for her portrayal of Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film franchise, is now making a name for herself as a fierce advocate for feminism and women’s issues.
Will the new CBS show 'The Talk' draw viewers away from ABC's 'The View'? A review of the show's premiere episode with guest Christie Brinkley and a discussion of when to have 'the talk' about sex with your kids.
The way women vote and think about politics - and speak up or keep their opinions to themselves - is directly influenced by their mothers. Women who engage in political discussions model positive behaviors for the future voters and leaders of this country. Page 3.
Despite a very real gender-based wage gap, in some jobs women often earn more than men. High paying jobs for women frequently revolve around non-traditional jobs, and in career fields where women are scarce, they can earn more than their male counterparts.
Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas are in many ways the poster couple for sexual harrassment in the workplace. Her Senate testimony opposing his nomination to the highest court didn't stop him from becoming a Supreme Court Justice. But it did open up a dialogue about what constitutes unwelcome advances from a supervisor or co-worker; and why no means no, especially at work.
How can women in their 60s achieve and/or maintain fitness? A fitness expert offers advice and guidance for women looking to be fit over 60.